Now that the presents have been unwrapped and gift paper thrown away, and preparations are underway to begin taking down all the holiday decorations, now is the time to celebrate. See, it’s great that we move enthusiastically towards Christmas day with great expectations, but Christmas begins today and the days that follow. We rejoice, along with the angels and the shepherds at the birth of the one placed in the manger, but we must now continue to unwrap this gift and allow his Presence in our lives be the greatest present to us and to our communities.
Gadgets and toys are great, and sometime over the next month the newness will wear off. For followers of Jesus, the Incarnation moves us closer to Calvary. To a time when we see God giving generously again, giving himself in our place. God became a man and made his dwelling among us to free us from captivity from the powers of this world. The glitz and glimmer of commercialism blind many of us to the true meaning of the season, may we pray fervently to have eyes to see and ears to hear. I have had to learn and relearn this lesson over and over; its not about what you get that’s important, but it is all about giving to others. We are blessed when we give and as we live out the Incarnation of Jesus, we are called to continue to give to our neighbors, to our families. We are most like God when we give. Really the lesson we learn through all of this is that it doesn’t matter what the calendar says, every day is an opportunity to bless someone else. What will you give today?